Howto: Build a Wall-Sized MIDI Controller / Interactive Exhibit

The MIDI CPU makes it easy to build a MIDI controller of any shape and size. This howto describes the process of building a wall-sized MIDI controller.  The example project is the “Living Schematic” MIDI controller / exhibit.

Here are the basic steps:

  1. Make a feature “wish list” for the MIDI controller.
  2. “Budget” the MIDI CPU I/O.
  3. Create a MIDI CPU wiring diagram.
  4. Optional: Using a bit of artistic license, magnify & rearrange the wiring diagram to fit the wall.
  5. Optional: Paint the oversize diagram on the wall.
  6. Mount the controls.
  7. Wire the controls to the MIDI CPU.
  8. Configure the MIDI CPU to accept input from the controls.
  9. Connect the sound module(s) to the new MIDI controller.

This zip file includes the parts list (Open Office .ods), design drawings (Corel Draw .cdr & .png) and MIDI SysEx files (.txt and binary .syx) used in the project. Discuss this howto at the forums.

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